Dr. Rob Robertson is the Department Chair for the Computer Science & Information Systems programs at Southern Utah University.
Teaching network security and advanced persistent threats at the graduate level, Dr. Robertson is actively engaged in research. His areas of focus include network security monitoring, intrusion analysis, log analysis, and advanced persistent threats.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in history at Portland State University, he went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Portland, and a Doctorate in Information Systems with emphasis in security at Nova Southeastern University.
Industry Expertise (4)
Areas of Expertise (6)
GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (professional)
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (professional)
GIAC Information Security Professional (professional)
GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (professional)
CSIS Outstanding Faculty Award (professional)
GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (professional)
Professor of the Year Finalist (professional)
Portland State University: B.A., History/English
University of Portland: M.B.A., Business Administration
Nova Southeastern University: Ph.D., Information Systems, Security
- InfraGard Salt Lake City Members Alliance
- Association of Information Systems
Media Appearances (3)
The Best Defense: Cyber security for small businesses and entrepreneurs
Utah Business online
With new threats emerging regularly, and a lot at stake, now is the perfect time to reevaluate your company’s cyber security plan. Implementing simple strategies can better protect your network and valuable data. Start with the following tips from industry experts:
Defend against malware. “This could be as simple as having anti-virus software installed and updated regularly,” says Rob Robertson, graduate director for Masters in Cyber Security and Information Assurance, at Southern Utah University. In addition, he says, make sure that employees aren’t downloading software at will. “Only install the software that you use in the organization, and prevent the execution of any other software.”
Cyber Safety: Shopping Online
Fox 13 online
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and with it comes the possibilities of credit card fraud, identity theft and other cyber threats that will affect you over the holidays. Don’t fall victim to a cybercrime this season.
Rob Robertson, Department Chair for Computer Science and Information Systems and the Graduate Director of the Master of Cyber Security and Information Assurance at SUU, also warned online shoppers to practice cyber safety. Robertson educates people on the technical side of cyber threats and different methods to help track suspicious behavior.
Vietnam and SUU: Training the Next Cyber Security Experts
Southern Utah University online
Southern Utah University classes will soon be taught in Vietnam. Through an international partnership with FPT Corporation, the largest Vietnamese telecommunication company, the Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance program at SUU will be available to students attending FPT University and its online counterpart FUNiX University.
“This partnership extends the reach of SUU and the CSIS Department into Vietnam,” said Dr. Robert Robertson, department chair and associate professor. “It will bring individuals into the program whose perspectives will enhance and benefit fellow students at an international level.”
Research Grants (1)
Technology Commercialization Grant
Partnered with TouchMD to create a mobile application for the Medical industry.
Security is a growing concern in organizations, especially as more organizations embrace the arena of E-Commerce. This research surveys the literature in security policy, presents established models in this area, and provides limitations to those models and directions for further research in this area.
In this study, a model called the critical success factors model, was developed to study adoption and use of e-commerce technologies by service-oriented small businesses. The model utilizes factors identified by the three established frameworks and contextualized them to small business and e-commerce. The model is empirically tested using data collected from (146) small business firms.
CSIA 6000 Network Security
This course introduces students to the concepts and principles of network security. Students will gain experience in many security technologies that will enable them to apply the security concepts and principles in order to secure networks.
CSIA 6030 Advanced Persistent Threats
The course instructs students in how to recognize, track and mitigate APT’s, based on APT trends (nation-state attacks, funding, distribution models). Students learn how to evaluate the impact of targeted attacks that occur across multiple threat vectors, utilizing technologies and policy-based security research and data forensics guidelines.
CSIA 6250 Network & Internet Forensics
This course is designed to provide a practical guide to Internet fraud which gives student the skills they need to fight back against the spammers, con artists, and identity thieves that plague the Internet.
CSIA 6500 Capstone Experience
This course requires the student to be engaged in either a Thesis project or approved Internship.